László Szlávics Jr.

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László Szlávics Jr.
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BornHungarian: Szlávics László
(1959-08-11) August 11, 1959 (age 59)
Budapest, Hungary
NationalityHungarian
Known forSculpture, Medallic art, Coin, Kinetic art, Interactive art, Mobile

László Szlávics (born August 11, 1959) is a Hungarian sculptor and medallic artist. He publishes his works under the names (Hungarian: ifj. Szlávics László, or Szlávics László, ifj.) László, ifj. Szlávics or Laszlo Szlavics Jr.

Biography[edit]

Between 1973 and 1977 he attended the Arts & Crafts Secondary School in Budapest. After obtaining his Secondary School Leaving Certificate his training was supervised by his father also László Szlávics a goldsmith and sculptor and the sculptor Agamemnon Makris. Since 1973 he has lived and worked in the Százados artist’ colony in Budapest. Since 1995 he has often designed memorial coins for the National Bank of Hungary.

Works[edit]

Szlávics is primarily a medalist. His works include every kind of medal, from those displaying the craftsmanship of the traditional minter to such as tend towards small sculptures. The dual commitment tend towards can be appreciated in all his works.

From the middle of the 1970s his sculptures, reliefs and medals have been characterized by realism and the precision of their craftsmanship. In the 1980s he was noted for handmade medals engraved in a steel negative, a technique reminiscent of ancient coinage. (Birds, Africa,[2] Count István Széchenyi,[3] Hungarian generals executed at Arad in 1849[4] stb.). Cast bronze works show the influence of Cubism. Among them, the most notable of the first half of the 1990s are a series of 20 medals inspired by Vincent van Gogh[5] works.

László Szlávics Jr.: Birds, 1988, silver, struck, 47mm

In the second half of the 1990s, he made use of natural materials (bone, feathers, seashells &c.,). These are original in style, and are on the fringe of the medal-genre (Cultic proto-money[6]). As a counterpoint to this, he produced several series of medals using an industrial, where time – is measured by movements within the object – visible mode. (mechanical medals[7]). The medals are activated by the active contribution of the public.

Since the start of the 21st century, he has tried to renew the medal arts, by searching for the limits. In 2006, Hungarian Medalists awarded him – the first – Ligeti Erika Prize. In 2007, he was awarded the Béni Ferenczy Prize, grand prix of the 16th National Biennial of Medal Art. Also in that year, he was among the two selected artists at the Art Medal World Congress FIDEM XXX (Colorado Springs, USA). In his small sculptures, he often used objets trouvés given new functions. (In memoriam Man Ray,[8] An hour with Salvador Dalí ,[9] Hotline[10]). This Interactive mobile sculptures are activated by the public.[11]

Since 2008, he has produced many wooden small sculptures. Many of them are small sculptures, in the traditional sense, which, in a way, remind of houses and ruins. Large clock sculptures are related to the aforementioned both formally and technically. They are clearly contemporary works, of art, incorporating conventional devices such as the pendulum or spring mechanism, carrying out the functions of a clock. Every hour, and half hour the mark the time by striking the soundbar.

Exhibitions (selection)[edit]

Group shows[edit]

László Szlávics Jr.: Cultic proto-money, 2004, shell, textile, hair, mixed technique,
150 x 430 mm

Since 1975 his works have been exhibited in 15 countries. The most important are:

  • 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 2005 National Biennial of Small Plastic, Pécs, Hungary
  • Since 1983 every National Biennial of Medal Art, Sopron, Hungary
  • 1988, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010 National Wood Sculpture Exhibition, Nagyatád, Hungary
  • 1991 – „brug tussen oost en west”, Oudenbosch (Netherlands)
  • 1994 – Small Sculpture '94, Gallery Vigadó, Budapest, Hungary
  • Since 1994 every F.I.D.E.M. Medal Exhibitions[12] (Budapest, Neuchâtel, The Hague, Weimar, Paris, Seixal, Colorado Springs, Tampere)
  • 1995 – Email International 3, Coburg (Germany)
  • 1995 – Helyzetkép/Hungarian sculpture, Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary
  • 1995 – Workshopcorner Measuring Time, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1996 – 9th Cloisonne Jewelry Contest, Tokyo (Japan)
  • 1996 – WorkshopcornerJewels, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1996 – A Step into the Future, Applied Arts Exhibition, Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1997 – Magyar Szalon '97, Kunsthalle, Budapest, (Hungary)
  • 1997 – VIIth International Biennale of Small Graphic Form and Ex-libris, Ostrów Wielkopolski (Polish)
  • 2001 – Sculpture from here and beyond, Kunsthalle, Budapest, (Hungary)
  • 2002 – Masaccio 600 International Art Medal Competition, Ein Vered, (Israel)
  • 2004 – Dante Europeo XIV. Biennale Internazionale Dantesca, Ravenna (Italia)
  • 2005, 2008, 2010 – International Biennial of Contemporary Medals of Seixal (Portuguese)
  • 2005 – H. C. Andersen 200 International Art Medal Competition, Hadassa Neurim, (Israel)
  • 2006 – The Way 1956–2006, National Fine Art Exhibition, Kunsthalle, Budapest, (Hungary)
  • 2008 – Znad Dunaju Wełtawy i Wisły. Medalierzy i ich dzieła Wroclaw Museum of Medals, Wrocław (Polish).
  • 2008 – 2009 Craft & Design, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2009 – Dedukció1st Biennale of Sculptures, Művészetmalom, Szentendre, Hungary

One man shows[edit]

Since 1977 he has had 31 one man shows in Hungary and other countries. The most important are:

  • 1977 – Képzőművészeti Kivitelező Vállalat Klubja, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1989 – BM Duna Palota, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1991 – Galerie Simon, Altenahr, Germany
  • 1995 – Gallery Géza Gárdonyi, Dunakeszi, Hungary
  • 2002 – Collegium Hungaricum, Wien, Austria
  • 2006 – Gallery Árkád[13] (Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, Gallery, Budapest, Hungary)
  • 2009 – „Fifty”, Gallery Keve, Ráckeve, Hungary
  • 2009 – Gallery Körmendi,[14] Sopron, Hungary
  • 2009 – Lábasház,[15] Sopron, Hungary
  • 2012 – „Síkplasztikáim”, Symbol Art Gallery,[16] 21. – 28. february 2012. Budapest, Hungary
  • 2015 – „Za hranicami medailérstva...”, NBS Múzeum Mincí a Medalí, Kremnica, Slovakia.

Awards & Recognitions (selection)[edit]

The most important national or international awards:

  • 1993 – Faces and Fates National Portrait Biennale, Budapest, Hungary, Golden Diploma, (Main Prize)
  • 1996 – 9th Cloisonne Jewelry Contest Tokyo, Japan, Encouragement Prize
  • 1996 – Head or Tails, Art medall exhibition, Budapest, Hungary, Grand Prix
  • 1997 – 11th National Biennial of Medal Art, Sopron, Hungary, Civitas Fidelissima-prize (Prize of the Municipal City Government of Sopron, Silver Medals)
  • 2000 – 7 th National Wood Sculpture Exhibition, Nagyatád, Hungary, Prize of Nagyatád city.
  • 2002 – Masaccio 600 International Art Medal Competition, Ein Vered, Israel, Special Mention
  • 2003 – 14 th 11th National Biennial of Medal Art,[17] Sopron, Hungary, Civitas Fidelissima Prize (Prize of the Municipal City Government of Sopron, Silver Medals)
  • 2003 – Jenő Rejtő Memorial Exhibition, Budapest, The Museum of Literature Petőfi, First prize
  • 2006 – II. Articum International Biennial, Szolnok, Hungary, Sculpture Prize
  • 2006 – Erika Ligeti prize
  • 2007 – 16 th National Biennial of Medal Art,[18] 16th Hungarian Biennale of Medal Art, Sopron, Hungary, Béni Ferenczy Prize, The Grand Prize awarded by the Municipal Government of Győr-Moson-Sopron County
  • 2007 – Art Medal World Congress FIDEM XXX,[19] Colorado Springs, USA, „Honorable Mention”[20]
  • 2015 – 20 th National Biennial of Medal Art,[21] 20th Hungarian Biennale of Medal Art, Sopron, Hungary, Béni Ferenczy Prize, The Grand Prize awarded by the Municipal City Government of Sopron

Collections which include work by László Szlávics Jr. (selection)[edit]

Buildings which display his work[edit]

Medals ad small sculptures (selection)[edit]

  • 1992 – Ferenc Flór Prize, memorial plaque and badge, Ministry of National Defence,
  • 1992 – János Hunyadi Prize, memorial plaque and badge, Ministry of National Defence, Hungary
  • 1992 – Miklós Zrínyi Prize, memorial plaque and badge, Ministry of National Defence, Hungary
  • 1996 – Nemzeti Minőségi Díj, small sculpture, Hungary's prime minister
  • 1998 – For the Children of the World, UNICEF 2000–forint, silver memorial coin, Hungarian National Bank
  • 1999 – István Menyhárd Prize, small sculpture, Hungarian Chamber of Engineers
  • 2000 – Gejza Ferdinandy Prize, memorial plaque and badge, Ministry of National Defence, Hungary
  • 2000 – Szilárd Zielinski Prize, small sculpture, Hungarian Chamber of Engineers
  • 2001 – Figures is Hungarian books for young people, 200–forint, memorial coin, Hungarian National Bank
  • 2001 – Imre Pekár Prize, small sculpture, Chamber of Engineers, Hajdú–Bihar County.
  • 2001 – László Csány Prize, small sculpture, Hungarian Chamber of Engineers
  • 2002 – Pál Hajnik Prize, memorial plaque and badge, Ministry of National Defence, Hungary
  • 2003 – András Hadik Prize, memorial plaque and badge, Ministry of National Defence, Hungary
  • 2004 – Pécsi ókeresztény sírkamrák, 5000-forint, silver, memorial coin, Hungarian National Bank
  • 2005 – Lázár Mészáros Prize, memorial plaque and badge, Ministry of National Defence, Hungary
  • 2006 – Gyula Andrássy Prize, memorial plaque and badge, Ministry of National Defence, Hungary
  • 2007 – 550 anniversary of accession of King Mathias Corvinus , 50.000.–forint, gold, memorial coin, Hungarian National Bank
  • 2007 – Bishop Lajos Ordass Prize, small sculpture and memorial plaque, Hungarian Lutheran Church
  • 2007 – Sándor Prónay Prize, small sculpture and memorial plaque, Hungarian Lutheran Church
  • 2008 – John Calvin memorial medals, Hungarian Calvinist Church
  • 2009 – 200th Anniversary of birth of Ferenc Erkel, 5000-forint, memorial coin, Hungarian National Bank. Collector-series „The smallest gold coin of the world”.
  • 2010 – 200th Anniversary of birth of Adam Clark, 5000-forint, memorial coin, Hungarian National Bank. Collector-series „The smallest gold coin of the world”.

Memberships[edit]

  • 1984 – Association of Hungarian Creative Artists[22]
  • 1991 – Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, Medal Section.[23]
  • 1995 – FIDEM, Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art.
  • 1996 – 1998 British Art Medal Society (BAMS).[24]
  • 1997 – Százados úti Művésztelep Egyesület.[25]
  • 2007 – Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, Goldsmith Section.[26]
  • 2008 – Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, Sculpture Section.[27]

Offices Held[edit]

  • 1989 – 1992 Aurea Arts & Crafts Association Member of the Executive.
  • 1992 – 1999 Aurea Art Support Trust Member of the Executive.
  • 1995 – ART '95 Limited Partnership[28] Founding President.
  • 2000 – Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists Medal Section member of the Executive.
  • 2004 – Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists Medal Section President.
  • 2004 – Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists member of the Presidium.
  • 2005 – National Biennial of Medal Art member of the Organizing Committee.
  • 2015 – Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists Sculpture Section President.

Gallery[edit]

Additional informations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antal Tóth, Head of Department, Senior Museologist, Hungarian National Gallery, Department of Sculpture and the Medal Collection
  2. ^ Africa Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Count István Széchenyi memorial medal
  4. ^ Hungarian generals executed at Arad in 1849 Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Hommage a Vincent van Gogh
  6. ^ Cultic proto-money series
  7. ^ „assembled work”
  8. ^ for memoriam Man Ray works: [1], [2], [3], [4]
  9. ^ An hour with Salvador Dalí
  10. ^ Hotline
  11. ^ interactive works movies on the YouTube site
  12. ^ F.I.D.E.M., Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art
  13. ^ "Time and Space in Recent Works by László Szlávics Jr."
  14. ^ Gallery Körmendi 20. jun. – 25. jul. 2009
  15. ^ 17th National Biennial of Medal Art
  16. ^ Symbol Art Gallery, Budapest 21. – 28. february 2012.
  17. ^ 14 th National Biennial of Medal Art
  18. ^ 16 th National Biennial of Medal Art
  19. ^ Art Medal World Congress FIDEM XXX
  20. ^ Art Medal World Congress FIDEM XXX, (Colorado Springs, USA) designated among the two selected artist, 2007
  21. ^ 20 th National Biennial of Medal Art
  22. ^ Association of Hungarian Creative Artists
  23. ^ Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, Medal Section. Archived July 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ British Art Medal Society
  25. ^ Százados úti Művésztelep Egyesület Archived December 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, Goldsmith Section Archived July 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, Sculpture Section. Archived July 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ ART '95 Limited Partnership
  29. ^ John Lennon – sculpture initiation ceremony, 02.10.2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Imre Soós: Van Gogh medals of László, Szlávics Jr. (Művészet és Barátai, Budapest, 1996 September–October)
  • Viktória L. Kovásznai: László, Szlávics Jr. (Budapest, 1997. Publisher: Art ’95, ISBN 963-04-8922-8)
  • Viktória L. Kovásznai: A Cycle of Cultic Proto-Money by László, Szlávics jr. 1996–1997 (Budapest, 1999–2000. Publisher: Art ’95, ISBN 963-03-8257-1)
  • Viktória L. Kovásznai: A series of ritual proto-money by László Szlávics Jr. (London, The Medal, No. 36 Spring 2000.)
  • Arnold Nieuwendam: Peningen van ifj. Szlávics László – Een medailleur uit Hongarije (Amsterdam, MUNTkoerier 11/2003)
  • Judit Baranyi: László Szlávics Jr., Kortárs Magyar Művészeti Lexikon III. kötet (Budapest, 2001. Publisher: Enciklopédia kiadó, ISBN 963-8477-46-6)
  • Viktória L. Kovásznai: Time and Space in Recent Works by László Szlávics jr. 1995–2005 (Budapest, 2006. Publisher: Art ’95, ISBN 963-06-0007-2)
  • Viktória L. Kovásznai: Time and space in recent works by László Szlávics Jr. (London, The Medal, No. 50 Spring 2007.)
  • Viktória L. Kovásznai: A kitapintható idő és tér – ifj. Szlávics László újabb éremmunkáiról (Budapest, Magyar Iparművészet 2008/2)
  • Antal Tóth: A Wizard in Hungarian Medallic ArtExhibition of László Szlávics jr., winner of the Grand Prize of the 16th National Biennial of Medal Art (16th National Biennial of Medal Art, catalog, Sopron, 2009, ISBN 978-963-06-7202-3)
  • BTÉ: Történetek formákkal, anyagokkal – ifj. Szlávics László kiállítása a Körmendi Galériában (Sopron Megyei Jogú Város hivatalos honlapja 2009. június 20.)
  • Bakács László: Liszt Ferenc mellszobrát kapta a soproni zeneiskola (Nyugat-Hírmondó kulturális és hírújság elektronikus változata, 2009. június 21.)
  • Megnyílt ifj. Szlávics László kiállítása a Körmendi Galériában (Soproni Krónika – Sopron TV. 2009. június 22.)
  • Láng Judit: John Lennon – Sopronban, Presztízs magazine, October 2010, online version, 25. 11. 2010.
  • Viktória L. Kovásznai: László Szlávics Jr., monography, (Budapest, 2012. Publisher: Argumentum, ISBN 963-44-6655-9)
  • Arnold Nieuwendam: Nieuw boek over Szlávics László (Amsterdam, MUNTkoerier 1/2014)

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